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Posted Sat 02 Feb 13 at 23:16 PM

Reds take a valuable point from the Lawn

Reds take a great point in a goalless draw at the New Lawn – keeping only our second league cleansheet since that 0-0 draw at Nuneaton back in September. 

It might have been an even better result, but for a series of saves from ex-Red Sam Russell, while Chris Maxwell earned his corn with two first half stops. 

Wrexham were the stronger side in the first half hour, dominating possession and putting a great deal of pressure onto the Forest Green back four without carving out too many chances. An early chance fell Martin Riley’s way when a lofted free kick into the box was headed only the big centre back, but he was denied a first Wrexham goal by an acrobatic tip round the post from ex-Wrexham keeper Sam Russell.

Joe Clarke also lashed a long range shot wide from left of centre, the shot of a confident man, but Wrexham struggled to create anything too threatening.

The game turned in the final quarter of an hour of the half though, as Forest Green suddenly started to settle in possession and create opportunities and Wrexham had returning keeper Chris Maxwell to thank as he pulled off a string of saves to keep his sheet clean going into the interval. 

A slip by Riley allowed Styche the space to run to the edge of the area and unleash a powerful shot which Maxwell did well to parry high to his right, and when Jan Klukowski burst down the left and found himself clear on goal he was denied by the goalkeeper’s speedy burst off the line to save at his feet.

Maxwell also had to be alert to turn a lopping free header from Styche over the bar and showed good hands to take a nasty driven cross as Stokes overlapped menacingly. 

He was also a creative threat, twice, spotting the movement of Brett Ormerod and launching terrific early kicks to send him away through the middle, but the striker, returning from injury, wasn’t quite able to take advantage, being narrowly beaten to the ball by Russell on the first occasion, then not making the intended contact with a lob. 

After he break Russell was called upon to make several saves to keep the Reds at bay, including one moment when Wrexham boss Andy Morrell felt the ball had crossed the goal line. 

He scooped away a Danny Wright header, but the gaffer was at that moment warming up close that end of the pitch and watched the action from behind the assistant referee. 

"It's a goal, first and foremost," he said. "I'm stood right next to the linesman and I'm waiting for him to run off - and he's not, he's just stood there." 

The keeper also denied substitute Adrian Cieslewicz and saw Joe Clarke failed to score for a fifth consecutive game, when he lifted the rebound over the Rovers crossbar. 

The home side lost striker Reece Styche on 59 minutes, who had put in a decent shift, but seemed to turn his ankle and needed to be carried from the pitch. 

Having played only one league match in over 18 months, Chris Maxwell's return to the firing line was a success, as he kept only our second BSBP cleansheet since last September and no doubt helped boost his own confidence into the bargain. 

It was a hard fought point and a return to the level of performance that was missing against Southport in midweek. 

Forest Green: Russell, Hodgkiss, Turley, Oshodi, Stokes; Forbes (Collins 89), Bangura, Klukowski; Taylor, Styche (Vieira 59), Norwood (Odubade 90). 
Subs: Bulman, Asafu-Adjaye. 

Wrexham: Maxwell, Alfei (S Wright 70), Riley, Westwood, Ashton; Harris, Clarke, Keates; Hunt (Cieslewicz 75), D Wright, Ormerod (Morrell 80). 
Subs: Little, Thornton. 

Referee: Graham Horwood (Beds) 
Attendance: 1,840 
Away: 565 

Bookings -
Forest Green: Vieira (83, foul) 
Wrexham: Keates (74, foul) 

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